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Published: Wednesday, 11/8/2006

No criminal charges against BG officer in hospital shooting

BOWLING GREEN A special Wood County grand jury this morning determined that a Bowling Green police officer who fatally shot an Indiana man inside the Wood County Hospital should not be indicted on criminal charges.

Officer Allan Baer, 39, shot and killed Daniel Rice Jr., 30, of Nappanee, Ind. Oct. 16 after Rice led officers on a chase in a stolen car, then ran into the emergency department at the hospital. Once inside, police said Rice said he had a weapon and threatened to kill people.

A state trooper at the scene attempted to immobilize Rice with a stun gun, and, when that failed, Rice allegedly repeated his threat to kill someone and reached into his waistband area. Officer Baer then shot him once in the chest.

Last month, a shooting review board convened by the police division found Officer Baer to be justified in firing his gun. He has been on office duty since the incident, but Deputy Chief Brad Conner said Officer Baer would be returned to patrol duty now that the grand jury has cleared him of any criminal wrongdoing.



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